Chicago moms rock the retro in summer wardrobe

When it comes to trends in style and fashion, going “back in time” isn’t always a good thing. Bell-bottoms need to remain hidden in the `60s, for example. But this season’s nod to `50s flair definitely works in our modern moms’ wardrobes.

Made in the shades

The right pair of “sunnies” can make an entire ensemble. I am completely crushing on this season’s selection of retro specs over at Anthropologie. But keep your eyes peeled, they are popping up just about everywhere. Add a scarf around your neck, slide on some red lipstick, and heads will spin.

Not-so-itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny

If you still haven’t found the perfect swimsuit that does double duty-looks killer plus provides enough coverage for splish-splashing around with your kids-then let me introduce you to Modcloth.com. Known for its retro chic attire, Modcloth has a slew of `50s-inspired suits that will knock off these two birds with one stylish stone.

Give a twirl

Here are two easy-to-wear frocks that are both flirty and functional. Perfect for garden parties, beach soirees, or a day in the city with kids. Dresses are far more figure-friendly than shorts or capri pants, and these two can be matched with flip-flops or kitten heels, depending on the occasion.

Put a lid on it

For all those days playing in the sun or riding with the top down, add a touch of old-school whimsy to your day.

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